About Us

An authentic + local + elevated dining experience in the heart of downtown Victoria.

Vista 18 is located on the 18th floor of Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites in the heart of downtown Victoria. With an extraordinary menu and breathtaking views of the city’s bustling Inner Harbour, the snow-capped Olympic Mountains, the Pacific’s Juan de Fuca Strait, and beautiful downtown Victoria – Vista 18 has a lot to offer. 

Newly renovated in 2020, the stylish and spacious setting allows you to enjoy our distinctive menu focusing on fresh, organic, and local ingredients. Our culinary team explores the bounty of our region by working with the best farmers and fishermen British Columbia has to offer, crafting flavours you’ll delight in. 

Not shy about infusing a global approach to our island home, Vista 18 is sure to please with an experience that is Authentic + Local + Elevated.

Our History

Prior to becoming Vista 18 on April 18, 2000, our rooftop restaurant was known amongst locals as “The Parrot House,” in honour of a very real and unique parrot named Louis, who lived in the former residence on the site where Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites rests today.

Gifted to the daughter of the family who lived on the property, Miss Victoria Jane Wilson, Louis lived a long and lavish life, outliving his owner, and passing in 1985 at 115 years of age. Upon Miss Wilson’s death, it was discovered that she had left an unusual bequest in her will – a substantial sum for the care of her birds, including Louis, and a condition that the property could not be developed so long as the birds were alive.

Although a solution was eventually reached, allowing for the development of Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites, the restaurant would, for a time, become known as “The Parrot House,” in honour of Louis and his pampered lifestyle. 

Our Venue

Undergoing a complete renovation in 2020, Vista 18 Restaurant + Lounge celebrates 20 years of service with a warm + inviting new look, and a fresh new menu.

Sept 10, 2021

Our restaurant is dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable environment for both our guests and employees. We have created a rigorous plan with focus on providing an exceptional dining experience that adheres to the recommended guidelines from local and provincial health authorities as well as industry advisory groups.

The current guidelines outline standardized changes for all restaurants, but we want to share with you a few of those changes that are specific to Vista 18 so you are well prepared for your dining experience:

  1. Proof of vaccination will be required upon entry in Vista 18; one dose as of Sept 13, 2021 and two doses as of Oct 24, 2021.  For details of this new provincial requirement, visit the BC government website at:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html
  2. All employees will continue to wear a mask.
  3. It is mandatory for guests to wear a mask when not seated, also by order of the Public Health Office.
  4. Reservations are encouraged, which allows us to manage the flow of guests. Reservations can be made on our website or by calling the restaurant directly during operating hours.
  5. Our lounge is available on a first come, first serve basis and we request that you call ahead to ensure that we have the space to accommodate you.
  6. Travel in our elevators is no longer limited to a single guest or dining group. Please be respectful of others so as to not overcrowd the small space, and remember to wear a mask.

 

We also are following the enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols that have become common place:

 

We look forward to welcoming you, however, we ask that if you are feeling unwell, please stay home. We will graciously accept your cancellation – even at the last minute. If you have any questions about our policies and procedures during this time, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Alex Mayrhofer

Food and Beverage Manager
Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites